Community of Mentors

Activist youth seeking guidance have the daily opportunity to be in small-group mentoring sessions with Bioneers presenters.

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Wiser Together Café: Creating Tomorrow Together, Gathering Collective Wisdom to Turn Vision into Action

The Café provides hospitable space for group dialogues, integration of and reflection on what emerges at the conference, and building personal and professional partnerships. With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, Global Leadership Lab.

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Council. The World We Want & How We Get There: Cultivating Presence—When the Heart Speaks, The World Listens

Join fellow Bioneers to explore the power of the inner life and share our visions and aspirations for the world we want and how we might get there. With: Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger; Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward.

(Interactive, experiential)

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Ruthless Compassion, Penetrating Honesty, Fierce Ally-Ship

Join J. Miakoda Taylor, founding Director of Fierce Allies, a training program that fosters meaningful partnerships across divides of power and privilege, to engage in difficult but powerfully productive conversations to learn how to transcend obstacles to power sharing across differences.

(Interactive, experiential)

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Youth Leadership: Community of Mentors Peer-to-Peer Council

Facilitated by Lauren Dalberth Hage and Dave Hage of Weaving Earth. Join your peers to explore your Bioneers experience.

Youth Leadership

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Walking Your Talk in the World: Exploring Embodied Transformation

Come discover the patterns that “walk us,” harvest your natural knowing, and embody your goals for global renewal. With Suki Munsell.

(Interactive, experiential)

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Indigenous Forum | Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection (I)

(Double session). This indigenous North-South cultural exchange builds bridges and solidarity among North-South indigenous people and their allies. Courageous indigenous leader Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa) from the Ecuadorian Amazon joins Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance with an urgent report from the rainforest front lines where indigenous women are stepping into leadership to defend the rights of Mother Earth (Pachamama) and their peoples, and to protect the Amazon from oil concessions.

Indigenous Forum

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Your Brain On Water

Hosted by marine biologist Wallace "J." Nichols, research associate, California Academy of Sciences; co-founder, OceanRevolution.org; author of Blue Mind. New ways of understanding our relationship with the world's oceans and the ability of healthy waters to provide health, happiness and creativity will be considered by a panel of athletes, scientists, artists, and adventurers. Participants to be announced.

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Gender, Sexual Health and Culture Change

How might new and ancient understandings about gender from diverse cultural and generational perspectives inform our cultural reinvention? How is sexual health key to the vitality and resilience of our societies and all people? Hosted by Lana Holmes, co-founder, Timeless Earth Wisdom, Inc. With: Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining), Dine (Navajo) artist/activist; Jhos Singer, a transgender Maggid (Jewish preacher) serving Jewish community centers in San Francisco and Half Moon Bay; Jessica Danforth, founder and Executive Director, Native Youth Sexual Health Network; and Sonj Basha, an Oakland-based activist working to ensure the inclusion of gender non-conforming and transgender identities in institutions of higher education.

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Labeling GMOs: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

GMO labeling initiatives in California and Washington State lost narrowly because a powerful alliance of Big Ag and Big Food spent millions to confuse the public. Find out how you can join the national campaign for your “Right to Know.” Hosted by Arty Mangan, Bioneers Food and Farming Director. With: John Roulac, founder/CEO, Nutiva; Stacy Malkan, a leader of the California and Washington GMO labeling campaigns; Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation Planning Committee Member.

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